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Chemical Reactions at Surfaces
Gordon Research Conference

Defining the Next Generation Challenges in Surface Chemistry and Surface Science

Dates

February 5-10, 2017

Location

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy

Organizers

Chair:
Andrew J. Gellman

Vice Chair:
Christof Woell

Meeting Description

The 2017 GRC on Chemical Reactions at Surfaces will be held in Il Ciocco, Tuscany in Italy during February 5-10, 2017. The conference will convene an interdisciplinary group of world-recognized experts and young researchers from chemistry, physics, chemical engineering and materials science to address and discuss fundamental aspects of chemical reactions on surfaces, relevant to the grand challenges facing mankind. These topics include: environmental interfaces, solar energy conversion, chemical energy storage, catalysis and many others. Specific emphasis will be given to delineating the status quo and defining some of the current challenges in areas such as solid-liquid interfaces, new experimental and theoretical methods, electron and photon induced surface reactions, chirality and enantioselectivity, chemistry on nanoparticles, and surfaces of novel materials. This will be the second occasion on which the conference has been held in Europe, the first having been in Switzerland in 2013. The success of the conference in attracting an extremely diverse group of participants from across the globe was demonstrated at the most recent meeting in Ventura, CA in 2015 and we seek to draw a highly international group of speakers and participants to Il Ciocco. Funds supporting the conference will be used to assist participants, especially young scientists who otherwise would be unable to attend: junior faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and advanced graduate students. Participation by young researchers adds significant value to these conferences and will foster communications among current and future leaders in a field. Immediately prior to the GRC there will be a Gordon Research Seminar held at the same location for young scientists in order to give younger participants an opportunity to network with one another and to become acquainted with the style and content of the subsequent GRC.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Chemical Reactions at Surfaces" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmChirality and Enantioselectivity
This session will focus on the influence of chiral adsorbed layers on the enantioselective adsorption of chiral compounds and the spin-dependent filtering of transmitted electrons.
Discussion Leader: Kalle Ernst (EMPA - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmRon Naaman (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
"The Role of Molecular Chirality in Enhancing Multiple Electrons Reactions - Water Splitting as an Example"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmFrancisco Zaera (University of California, Riverside, USA)
"Enantioselectivity in Adsorption on Solid Surfaces"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSurface Chemistry - Mechanisms
This session will focus on the mechanisms of surface reactions relevant to catalysis, polymerization, corrosion, thin film deposition, and other surface processes.
Discussion Leader: John Kitchin (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amEnrique Ortega (Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain)
"Revisiting Old and Exploring New Surface Chemistry and Physics Problems with Curved Crystals"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJose Rodriguez (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
"Fundamental Studies of C1 Chemistry on Metal-Oxide and Metal-Carbide Catalysts"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmGiorgio Contini (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy)
"Surface-Confined Polymerization as a Tool to Create Desired Molecular Architectures"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizer: Judy Yang (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmLiquids and Electrochemistry
This session will cover recent developments in the understanding of surface chemistry at solid-liquid interfaces of catalytic and electrochemical relevance.
Discussion Leader: Christof Woell (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
6:00 pm - 6:40 pmJoerg Libuda (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany)
"Model Studies in Energy-Related Catalysis: From Ultrahigh Vacuum to Electrochemical Conditions"
6:40 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:40 pmHans-Peter Steinrueck (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
"Chemical Reactions at Ionic Liquid Interfaces"
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmElectron and Photon Induced Surface Chemistry
The session will cover the use of STM and other surface science tools to study the role of electrons, photons and electric fields in surface chemistry.
Discussion Leader: Swetlana Schauermann (Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:40 amMichelle Personick (Wesleyan University, USA)
"Selective Oxygen-Assisted Reactions Catalyzed by Metallic Gold: Paradigms for the Design of Catalytic Processes"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amMicha Asscher (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
"Strong Electric Field Effect on Photon and Electron Induced Surface Chemistry"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJohn Polanyi (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Electron-Induced Surface Reaction, by STM; Selecting Products and Clocking Them"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmTheory - Advances and Limits
This session will cover recent advanced in atomistic modeling methods as applied to processes on surfaces. These will discuss the capabilities and limitation of current methods and the needs for further advancement in the field.
Discussion Leader: Gianfranco Pacchioni (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
6:00 pm - 6:40 pmFelix Studt (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
"Theoretical Investigations of the Hydrogenation of CO and CO2 on Copper and Zinc Surfaces"
6:40 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:40 pmAlexander Tkatchenko (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany)
"Modeling Chemical Reactions on Surfaces: Advances and Limits"
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmStructure and Dynamics
Session will cover the influence of surface and adsorbate structure on surface chemistry for catalysis and molecular synthesis.
Discussion Leader: Charles Campbell (University of Washington, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amKatharina Franke (Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany)
"Electron Transport Through Individual Molecular Switches and Changes of Magnetic Properties by Chemical Modifications"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amAngelika Kuhnle (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany)
"On-Surface Synthesis on a Bulk Insulator Surface"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmHajo Freund (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany)
"Developing Concepts for Reactive Surface Systems at the Atomic Scale in the Realm of Catalysis"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmWater and Environmental Surfaces
This session will cover recent advances in our understanding of water films on surfaces and their impact on environmentally important processes.
Discussion Leader: Franz Geiger (Northwestern University, USA)
6:00 pm - 6:40 pmHeather Allen (Ohio State University, USA)
"2D Assembly, Cation Specific Binding and Deprotonation of Atmospheric Aerosol Relevant Surfactants and Biomolecules at Aqueous Interfaces"
6:40 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:40 pmHeon Kang (Seoul National University, South Korea)
"UHV Model Study of Electrochemical Interface: The Nature of Hydrated Protons on Pt(111)"
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNanoparticle Surface Chemistry
This session will discuss the state of the art in nanoparticle synthesis and the control of nanoparticle surfaces and their properties. Applications include catalysis, electronics, and physical properties such as surface wetting.
Discussion Leader: Judy Yang (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amMichael Filler (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
"Precision Nanowire Synthesis via Multi-Interfacial Chemical Control"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amGabor Somorjai (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Chemical Reaction Induced Restructuring of Metal Nanoparticle Surfaces and Oxide-Metal Interfaces"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmKijung Yong (Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea)
"Nanoparticle Based Control of Surface Wettability"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmTheory - Applications
This session will cover the application of computational modeling methods to the prediction of surface and materials properties critical to catalysis and other processes.
Discussion Leader: Manos Mavrikakis (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
6:00 pm - 6:40 pmStephen Jenkins (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Chemical Softness as a Reactivity Index for Metal Surfaces"
6:40 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:40 pmPhilippe Sautet (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Structure-Activity Relations in Heterogeneous Catalysis. A View from Computational Chemistry"
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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